Except for this blog entry
24.10.2013 - 27.10.2013
Barcelona, mi amor.
So this was my first flight flying Ryan Air. For all those readers out there who aren’t familiar with this airline, it is the cheapest and sneakiest European Airline out there, dangerously comparable to our very own Spirit Airlines in the good old United States. Following the small print, Michelle and I were fine and ran into no troubles at all! We were also surprised and excited to know that 3 other groups from our JFORCE clan were headed into Barcelona that same weekend! Seriously though, it blows my mind how small of a population us JFORCE kids are compared to the relatively large population in Europe, and how we seem to run into each other everywhere!
My favorite part of the flight had to be the ending, when they had this lovely trumpeter-tune, congratulating us to our timely arrival in Barcelona (end sarcasm.) No but for real, they had the music and everything.
Sitting in the taxi on our way to our hostel, I was pleased at the fact that I could still make small talk with Spanish. Looks like those 6 years of classes didn’t go to waste (I’m glad to say that because I still plan on minorning-yikes!)
Onto the actual trip, we literally walked all over Barcelona-end to end. Venturing off with a plan, we ended up running into the famous Arc, this beautiful park with a badass fountain with spitting dragons, and a ton of statues and monuments. After seeing all of that, we made our way down the famous La Rambla which was filled with street performers, souvenir shops, and visible tourists (glad we weren't alone.) This led us to Travel Bar (anyone going to Barcelona in the future-I highly recommend going on their free walking tour and then signing up for their cocktail class which gets you into one of Barcelona’s finest nightclubs!) Well that pretty much sums up what we did that day, moving on LOL.
Our final day in Barcelona was a relaxed day at the beach, which to our surprise was rather chilly even though weather.com said otherwise. What would have been my usual nap on a hot sunny day with me sweating profusely turned into me napping under a blanket of sand and my towel. Ah well, when life gives you lemons you make lemonade. I think that goes in context here, right?
Our trip wouldn’t be a trip to Barcelona without seeing the famous La Sagrada Famila. So, apparently La Sagrada Familia has been under construction for quite some time now (like 1900s lol) I was in for a surprise to see the cathedral surrounded by all those trucks and such!
Regardless, it was beautiful. It’s crazy to think I read about it in high school Spanish Class (probably should have paid a bit more attention) but now I actually saw it! Mind blown again.
Our last night in Barcelona, we met up with fellow J-FORCE’rs to see the Barcelona-Madrid futbol game back on La Rambla. Barcelona won!! But it did get a bit close.
And then…we went to the MAGIC FOUNTAIN!!! This fountain did it all, it sang, it changed colors, and we had a really really really good time. It was the coolest thing ever, oh and we had a solid photoshoot. Seeing as I really enjoy photo-bombing pictures, I literally did every possible pose I could think of while displaying the beauty of the fountain. It was kind of like modern art, in its own little way with all the experimentation.
Barcelona was amazing. It was by far one of the coolest cities I have been to and I hope to return sooner than later. But for now, Adios Barcelona and hello to the remainder of my trips in Europe!